#WritingWednesdayAC: attention passengers...

Hi friend!

Back in September, we ran a blog post called “Writing for Your Mental Health” that kicked off a series about the mental benefits of daily writing. What started it all was a workshop where I was asked a question that has stuck with me to this day: “what do you do once a day, once a week, and once a month that’s just for you?”

Once a month, I can get behind. But once a week? Once every day?! This was a big ask that for someone like me who was always “on.” Why did I need to worry so much about myself? 

When you board an airplane, after your luggage is securely stowed and you have the in-flight menu already in hand, the flight attendants perform the safety demonstration. As they demonstrate oxygen masks falling from above, they insist you need to put yours on before assisting others. I used to think this was odd, but our director of care used precisely this analogy to demonstrate self-care. Her point was this: if you don’t take care of yourself, how good can you be when it comes to helping others?

oxygen mask

Think of your daily, weekly, and monthly self-care times as your oxygen mask. You need time to refill and refuel. In the spirit of transparency, my daily and weekly SC times aren’t always consistent. Some days, I take my mornings slow, making coffee and reading on the couch. Other days, I watch Netflix or listen to a podcast in a bubble bath after a long day. The only SC time I’ve worked out consistently is traveling to a new place once a month. 

I talked about this 2 weeks ago when we talked about resolutions, hoping to offer some inspiration from my personal life. I’m not talking about a major vacation once a month (although that would be lovely!) I usually plan a small roadtrip or visit to some local place that I’ve never been. I love seeing cities and towns in new ways, and expanding my world view even if it’s just by a few miles. 

So what are you planning for your 3 lovely SC times? I hope this encourages you to slow down and plan our some SC for yourself!

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Who are you writing to this week?

Happy writing!

Mabel